ANTHRCUL 673 - Language Ideologies
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing; previous background in Linguistic, Anthropology (such as ANTHRCUL 576 and preferably 577) or in Sociolinguistics; or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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"Language ideologies" are the conceptualizations people have about the languages, speakers, and discursive practices in their purview. Both embedded in practices and reflexive of them, language ideologies are pervaded with political and moral interests, and are shaped in a cultural setting. To study language ideologies is to explore the nexus of language, culture, and politics — to examine the representations, whether explicit or implicit, that construe language’s role in a social and cultural world, and that are themselves acts within it. This course considers current topics and debates in the study of language ideologies, such as:

  • what should we mean by "ideology"?
  • In what ways are language ideologies positioned, with respect to the distribution of power and resources?
  • What are the sites of language ideologies — the practices in which they are enacted (and revealed)?
  • What is the role of language ideologies in organizing social identities, groups, boundaries, and activities?
  • How do language ideologies influence linguistic and social change?
We will consider these questions in the light of case materials representing a wide range of ethnographic, historical, and linguistic circumstances. The course is envisioned as a graduate seminar.

ANTHRCUL 673 - Language Ideologies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9781844671434
Ideology : an introduction, Author: Terry Eagleton., Publisher: Verso New and up 2007
ISBN: 0195105621
Language ideologies : practice and theory, Author: ed. by Bambi B. Schieffelin, Kathryn A. Woolard, Paul V. Kroskrity., Publisher: Oxford University press 1998
ISBN: 0933452624
Regimes of language : ideologies, polities, and identities, Author: edited by Paul V. Kroskrity., Publisher: School of American Research Press 1. ed. 1999
ISBN: 0226712958
Arguing with tradition : the language of law in Hopi Tribal court, Author: Justin B. Richland., Publisher: University of Chicago Press [Online-Au 2008
ISBN: 0520291794
Scale : discourse and dimensions of social life
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